File - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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In nearly every major Academy Awards category this year there's some trace of the sexual misconduct allegations that have swept through the movie industry.Even best actress, a category where you might expect a moment's reprieve, is – if tradition holds – to be presented by last year's best-actor winner, Casey Affleck.Even though the former Weinstein Co. co-chairman has been kicked out of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences and his company's name has been erased from its best Oscar shot this year (Taylor Sheridan's "Wind River"), Weinstein will be ubiquitous in absentia.At the same time, the movies have given plenty to celebrate.At an anniversary screening of the film "Wag the Dog" moderator John Oliver grilled Dustin Hoffman over an earlier allegation that the actor groped a 17-year-old on the set of 1985 TV film "Death of a Salesman".There's no question that the normal rhythms of Oscar season have been upset. Amazon, which last Oscars steered "Manchester by the Sea" to a best-picture nomination, is this year pushing the Kumail Nanjiani comedy "The Big Sick," even while Amazon Studios head Roy Price resigned on the heels of sexual harassment allegations. Despite overhauling its membership in recent years, the film academy remains 72 percent male and 87 percent white.
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